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Although the total commitment of senior management is vital for successful overall implementation of the changes necessary,  individuals in offices and shops need to raise awareness in their organisations, and can do lots to help immediately:-
- by recycling at work and using recycled products
- by turning off computers and equipment instead of leaving on standby
- by being aware of wasteful lighting, heating and water use and changing bad habits
- by closing shop doors in winter - Shrewsbury has a bad record on this flagrant waste of energy
- by cycling to work, car sharing, using public transport or walking (healthier)
- by re-evaluating how materials are processed.
-check appliances –e.g. replacing an old fridge in the staff kitchen with an A++ one could save enough electricity to pay for itself in 3 years and lead to savings thereafter.

-think about total cost of ownership, for example a ‘cheap to buy’ printer may cost far more over 3 years because of ink costs or drum replacement than one which cost more to buy initially. A more robust printer would generally last longer as well.
-check standby costs of your electrical equipment – e.g. printers, monitors etc and factor that into the buying decision.
-think laterally. Dyson claim that their airblade hand dryer technology costs £40 per year (2012 costs) compared to £1,460 for paper towels and £187 for a conventional hand dryer. This is for use every 3 minutes or so through a 9 hour day, so applies to larger employers or larger shared facilities. It doesn't take into account purchase and installation costs for any of the methods. They also claim carbon savings based on the carbon used in making paper towels.